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Game 8: Flames @ Predators (10-24-17 - 7e/6c)

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This one looks dangerous for the Predators as their offense has been non-existent lately and coming off a bad loss to the Rangers. The good news is that it's back on home-ice where they've been very good in this early season. 

 

Once again, the forwards have to get some puck into the net, guys like Jarnkrok, Smith, Sissons, Salomaki and especially Fiala need to start contributing something. Subban needs to get things going on the blueline and somehow the third pair needs to figure out how to not be a constant Keystone Cops routine.

 

Expect Rinne back in net, he should have started the Rangers game IMO. It's too soon to give up on Saros, but he's another Predator who really has to figure out what he's doing and show a lot more than he currently is. 

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Very tough to swallow the shootout loss tonight. The Predators absolutely dominated this game for 50 minutes. Pekka Rinne was godlike in net, but of course the Predators offense failed them. 

 

Forsberg and Josi scored two early powerplay goals, just over a minute apart. Again, all of the scoring coming from the top line. From there Rinne and Smith traded big save after big save. 

 

Midway through the third period, Arvidsson goes off with injury and the Flames score twice in two minutes (Tkachuka and Ferland) before Arvy returns. 

 

The Predators did miraculously take the game to a shootout. I say this because they are abysmal in 3-on-3 overtime. They play a very passive game that gets torched continuously. 

 

In the shootout, Fiala came in with his slow super deke move and had Smith beat but lost control of the puck. Monahan scored on the easiest little wrister, no move or anything just skated in and flicked it over the blocker side. Forsberg tied it up, Versteeg missed. I didn't see the Preds third shooter, I think it was Arvidsson, but it was stopped and then Tkachuk wins it for Calgary. 

 

It's just difficult to wrap my head around it because the Preds seemingly had this game on lockdown all night. They deserved two points, Rinne deserved the win. A bad goal that deflected in off of Josi's stick, they lose focus and let in another and all of a sudden they're in OT, harsh.

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Agree, but that shootout goal by Tkachuk was a really good shot.

 

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